Community Covenant and Campus Mission

Mission Statement

In partnership with the Church, the purpose of William Jessup University is to prepare Christians for leadership and service in church and society, through Christian higher education, spiritual formation, and directed experiences.

Doctrinal Statement

We believe in the one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as revealed in the Holy Bible and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord,

We believe that Jesus the divine Son became human, was born of a virgin, ministered in word and miracle, died for our sin, was raised bodily from the dead, ascended to God’s right hand and is coming again for his people,

We believe that the Holy Spirit is presently ministering through the Christian community, empowering lives of godliness and service,

We believe that the Holy Bible is completely God breathed, true in all its teaching, and the final authority for all matters of faith and practice,

We believe that Jesus Christ established his church on earth to carry out his saving mission among all ethnic groups and formed her to be one holy people,

We believe in God’s saving grace that calls forth from all people: faith, repentance, confession, baptism, and new life and ministry through the Spirit,

We commit ourselves to the teaching, practice and defense of these truths until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

William Jessup University was birthed in the heritage of the independent Christian Churches and identifies itself as non-denominationally Christian. The University is committed to teaching theology from an evangelical perspective and providing a distinctive Christian environment for its community of faith. The University welcomes students from all Christian backgrounds to help deepen and explore faith together.

Educational Philosophy

William Jessup University fulfills its mission with an emphasis on education that prepares Christians for servant leadership through the church, the one institution commissioned by God to fulfill His plan in the world. Such an emphasis mandates a curriculum which prepares people who are thoughtful, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and capable of integrating personal faith and vocation in all avenues of society.

Educational Goal
The primary goal of education at William Jessup University is the integration of faith and learning. In pursuing this goal, we accept the unity of all knowledge under God and perceive no contradiction between the truth of the Christian revelation and that of scholarly investigation. WJU offers both general education courses that provide the broad scope of human knowledge and a biblical studies core that establishes a perspective which gives coherence and purpose to that knowledge.

Educational Objectives
The integration of faith and learning is facilitated by a curriculum and learning environment which:

  • Offer an appropriate balance between courses in Bible and theology, the liberal arts, and professional studies, and erase any artificial barriers between these areas of study;
  • Encourage a well-conceived system of values and beliefs;
  • Celebrate and honor all cultural groups;
  • Personalize the educational process by emphasizing the priority of relationship-building throughout the University experience.

University Learning Goals

William Jessup University desires that its graduates will exemplify transformational leadership in church and society through the integration of their faith, learning, and critical thought in the arenas of Christian literacy, communication and intellectual skills, professional competence, and global citizenship.

WJU students will be prepared to:

  • Articulate the relevance of Jesus Christ, His teachings, and a Biblical worldview to their personal and professional lives.
  • Communicate effectively across cultures.
  • Demonstrate critical, analytical, and creative thinking.
  • Exhibit competence in their chosen disciplines.
  • Engage in a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, character formation, and service to their local and global communities.

COMMUNITY COVENANT

PREAMBLE
William Jessup University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning dedicated to the holistic formation of students—their academic, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual formation.

This Community Covenant presents who we are and who we want to be—a wonderfully diverse community set apart by faith and for faith. It reflects our best collective self, and the vision of community we want to affirm and build.

Our University community is comprised of many different groups of people including students, faculty, staff, and others. We represent a range of theological positions within the Christian tradition, and the members of the community reflect many different stages in Christian growth. Thus, it is important that we have a common set of expectations, principles, and values for our life together. These core principles and values form our social compact—our Community Covenant.

Those members of the University community who do not share the Christian faith are asked to affirm this Covenant, not as a statement of personal spiritual conviction but as an affirmation of our community vision and agree to abide by its principles.

This Covenant is your invitation to join us. It applies to all who voluntarily choose to become part of the William Jessup University community—students, administrators, faculty, and staff—and is structured broadly around the Great Commandments: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).

LOVE GOD
We affirm the Lordship of Christ (Acts 2:26) and the authority of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
As the William Jessup University community, we acknowledge the teachings and values of Jesus Christ as the guide for our actions and programs as much as humanly possible, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our community has chosen Him and His life-changing message as our guide. Furthermore, the words of Scripture provide the authoritative, ethical, and spiritual foundation for our community. Jesus is Lord and the Bible is our authority.

LOVE OTHERS
We value all persons as created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)—honoring, loving, and serving one another.
We cannot love God and hate our neighbor. We are to love God and show it by how we live and interact with each other. We value all people—and life—as Jesus did, and we see each other as having a God-given purpose. We speak and act respectfully and with an attitude of service towards each other. Christ urged us to serve rather than be served, so we commit to have this approach with each other in the University community.

We support the weak (Micah 6:8; Isaiah 1:17)—always helping the wounded, the oppressed, and the needy.
We come from many backgrounds and many of us have had to overcome significant challenges in life. Christ said we should help those around us, especially the weak and the wounded; so we look with extra care to those who are hurting. This includes the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized in our society. Christ calls us to show care and compassion toward one another and to all in need. We do this with those on our campus and in our local community.

We respect authority (Romans 13:1-4)—affirming the God-given authority of those in leadership over us in the university and beyond.
We affirm the teaching of Christ and the Scripture regarding those in authority over us. God places them in authority for our good. So, we follow the guidance of those authority structures to the extent that they are consistent with the character of God and His Word.

We emphasize reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)—expressing grace and forgiveness in conflict.
We choose to act with maturity and grace towards those with whom we disagree. We value and pursue peace with others. When necessary, we strive always to model a community deeply committed to reconciliation and forgiveness.

LOVE OURSELVES
We pursue spiritual formation (2 Corinthians 5:17)—willingly engaging in spiritual disciplines and activities.
We actively engage in practices that will draw us closer to Christ, and at the same time avoid practices that will draw us away from a relationship with Jesus. We affirm the historical practices of spiritual formation, belonging to a local church, and Christian service.

We practice holiness (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:3) and embrace purity (Philippians 4:8-9)—extending this to word, thought, and deed.
As a community we seek to:

  1. Demonstrate the Christian virtues of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  2. Love and support that which is good in God’s eyes.
  3. Embrace purity in all relationships and reserve sexual intimacy for marriage between a man and a woman.
  4. Practice speech that is edifying and uplifting.
  5. Model self-control and healthy lifestyle choices.

We live with integrity (Colossians 3:9-10)—committing ourselves always to truth and honesty.
For the community to flourish, it must rest on a foundation of trust and civility. We therefore covenant to practice authenticity and honesty. Integrity requires that we take ownership and responsibility for our mistakes.

This vision for Christian community presents a high standard. By God’s grace we seek to embrace it and uphold it. Consequently, this Covenant articulates the foundational framework for our community, subject to the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Statement of Faith, and Board Policy.

More specific applications of this Covenant are expressed in the particular policies for faculty, staff, and students within the University.